Click below to download this fun Easter craft!
We believe it’s essential to begin teaching Bible skills from a very young age. As kids learn the different divisions and structure of the Bible, they will understand God’s Word more clearly, providing a foundation for heart transformation.
We’ve developed a free Bible Skills Activity Guide for families and groups. Fill out the form below to download the guide and make copies for every family in your ministry. Parents will love the help as they seek to disciple their kids this summer.
By signing up for this Bible Skills Activity Guide, you will also receive free access to preview sessions of Explore the Bible. Every session of Explore the Bible: Kids brings the Bible to life through rich study and engaging objects, equips kids with foundational Bible knowledge and skills, and encourages them to live what they learn everywhere they go. Try sessions out with your kids, and watch the Word come alive.
Christmas is fast approaching. Consider this festive wrapping paper an early Christmas gift from LifeWay Kids. We are so thankful for the role you play in kids’ lives. Click the image below to download your freebie today.Click here to download your free wrapping paper. (PDF)
All parents love Christmas tree ornaments made by their children. My wife and I still have treasured kid-made ornaments that are over 40 years old. And, we continue to place them on our Christmas tree each year!
Two of our favorites:
Wooden Drapery Ring Ornament:
Jesus and the Star Ornament
Jerry Vogel is an Editorial Ministry Specialist in LifeWay Kids. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and has served over 40 years in Kids Ministry at the local church level as well as at LifeWay. Jerry currently teaches four-year-olds at his church.
Last year, we posted a blog that provided a downloadable Advent guide for kids ministers to share with every family in their ministry. The response from families and kids ministers was amazing! So amazing, in fact, that we decided to repeat this year. You’ll find the same format with updated content to help parents lead their families into deeper discipleship.
Kids ministers, click the image below to download and print out Advent guides, and then pass them out on Sunday, or email out the link in your weekly newsletter. This is just one more way to make sure you’re equipping parents to lead the way in the spiritual development of their kids.
Welcome guest blogger Lynn Jordan. Lynn is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator and Education Assistant for Capital Baptist Association in Oklahoma City. She teaches Bible Skills for 1st – 6th graders at First Baptist Church, Choctaw, Oklahoma.
Supplies to Gather:
How to Play:
Challenge the kids to roll game cubes to determine a Bible skill and a physical challenge to perform simultaneously.
TIP: Supersize this activity with Giant Inflatable Game Cubes.
Plan an Independence Day Bash!
(Recipe and Craft Ideas from ParentLife July 2016)
The fourth of July is approaching! Encourage families to plan a missional and fun Independence Day Bash in their neighborhoods with these ideas from ParentLife.
TEA CAKES WITH BERRIES
Yield: 12 tea cakes
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. unsalted butter
4 oz. soften cream cheese
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking power
Whipped cream or whipped topping
Sliced strawberries or raspberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a muffin tin by spraying with cooking spray or lining with muffin papers. In a small saucepan, melt brown sugar and butter together on medium-low heat, stirring often. Once melted, turn heat to low. Add cream cheese and whisk until cream cheese is all melted and the mixture is uniform. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and apple cider vinegar. Let cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl.
Whisk an egg and add to the cooled brown sugar mixture. Add flour mixture gradually and stir until all the flour is incorporated.
Divide batter among the muffin cups. Bake 18-24 minutes, until a tester comes out mostly clean and the tops don’t look gooey. Cool tea cakes, then spread with whipped cream and sprinkle with berries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Supplies: Balloons, confetti or glitter, funnel, hand pump
Insert a funnel into a balloon and fill the balloon about one-fourth of the way with confetti or glitter (or a mixture of both). Inflate balloons the rest of the way with a hand pump. During the party, set off the “fireworks” by either stomping on the balloons or allowing older kids to use sharpened pencils.
FESTIVE POPORN BAGS
Supplies: Red, white, and blue paper lunch sacks, scissors
For each popcorn bag, you will need one red, one white, and one blue lunch sack. Place the white inside the red and the blue inside the white. Cut slits about four inches down on each of the four top corners, then fold the top flaps down. Cut four-inch slits all around the flaps to create a ruffled, firecracker look. Fill with popcorn (or other treats).
Jessica Weaver lives in a strange neighborhood: the private high-school campus where her husband teaches. She, her husband, and their three children eat in a dining hall and live in a building with their “neighbors” — 30 high-school boys. It’s a party every day.
In this week’s episode of the LifeWay Kids podcast, our lead kids ministry specialist, Bill Emeott, sits down to discuss the importance of setting up a classroom. This is an element of kids ministry that has evolved over the years. Setting up a classroom in today’s culture can mean very different things because a classroom setting looks different at every church. For this conversation, we are simply defining a classroom as a physical place where kids will gather. The classroom environment starts with what kind of person is leading that small group, but then it moves to all the physical attributes of the space you are in. Bill and Jeffrey discuss the different types of environments and how that environment impacts the type of setup you need.
A few months back we provided a Free Family Advent Guide, and the tremendous response compelled us to do it again. In theme with the Easter season, we’ve prepared a devotional guide for the days leading up to and the day of Easter. Families will study Scripture together and grow in their understanding of Christ’s death and resurrection. Simply download the guide and print out enough copies for every family in your ministry!
Here is what you can look forward to as you download your free Easter Devotional Guide:
You’ll also receive free sessions of Bible Studies For Life: Kids and an excerpt from Levels of Biblical Learning, a guide for teaching spiritual concept areas at a pace kids can understand.
We hope you find this free resource helpful as you build disciples in your ministry. We are excited to celebrate our risen Savior with you. Click here to download your free devotional guide now!